RDN, LDN, CERD-S, FAED
Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services
Leah Graves (she/her) is the Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health. In this role, Leah establishes Accanto’s vision, direction, processes, and culture for client nourishment and nutrition care. She leads the development of nutrition and culinary best-practice systems, processes, policies, procedures, and protocols. Additionally, Leah serves as an Accanto Health nutrition content expert, collaborating with the corporate clinical team to ensure the delivery of evidence-driven eating disorder treatment across the organization’s full continuum of care.
Leah has been treating patients with eating disorders for over 30 years. Prior to joining the organization, Leah was the Manager of Eating Disorders Nutrition Therapy for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program in Tulsa, OK. She graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1985 and then began her work with individuals with eating disorders.
Leah is a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders where she has served on the Academy’s Executive Team and Board of Directors. She has also chaired the Academy’s North American Teaching Days for the International Conference on Eating Disorders, in addition to serving the Academy on the Nominating, Fellowship Selection, and Membership Recruitment and Retention Committees. She has also been honored with the distinction of Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Leah has been involved in eating disorders advocacy with the National Eating Disorders Association as a member of the Conference Planning Committee and with the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association where she served as President and Governance Committee Chair. She currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for Rock Recovery.
Leah has been invited faculty at many eating disorders conferences including the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Hispano-Latin American Congress on Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium, Renfrew Foundation Conference, Multi-service Eating Disorders Association Conference, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference, as well as numerous regional and local conferences. Leah has written several publications pertaining to nutrition and eating disorders and is highly respected within the eating disorders field for her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, clinical supervision, and research.
Throughout Leah’s career, her motivation for working with individuals with eating disorders centered around a mission to help clients and their supporters learn to eat in a manner that supports their ability to engage in life – work, love, and play. As she has transitioned into a leadership role, this passion has continued. Today, she is passionately engaged in collaboration with her Accanto Health colleagues to establish a specialty healthcare system where individuals with eating disorders and their families and community of support can access best-practice, client-centered care at each site, and the level of care which supports their recovery journey.